Chiquita Brands is stopping shipments of bananas from Honduras in favor of neighboring Guatemala.
The company has announced it will stop using Puerto Cortés, instead trucking the fruit across the border to Puerto Barrios, according to Honduran news site Tiempo. The decision was reportedly made before the Covid-19 pandemic, and Chiquita had already begun shipping Honduran bananas from the Guatemalan port. The move reportedly relates to the Guatemalan Government’s move allowing Chiquita to operate its own dock in the port for banana exports, which is more economical for the company.
Since July, Chiquita has only maintained administrative offices in Honduras in La Lima and San Pedro Sula.